So let’s return to proper chronological order here…. and to a town I have always longed to visit, VIENNA! The Grandparents flew into Munich on a Saturday (1.5 hour drive from Salzburg), and the whole clan departed the next day for a trip to Vienna. We stopped in Melk, Austria on the way (see here) and on Monday we completed a whirlwind walking tour of Old Town Vienna. Only a tad bit reminiscent of the Griswalds, the 4 adults and toddler really had a full day.
After making our way to the Tourist Info for train tips, we really start our walking tour near the Opera and Albertina Platz.
We did skip the chocolate indulgence a the Sacher Cafe (another Vienna ‘tourist-must-do’ )…but thanks to Rick Steves we did stop at tasteful and thought provoking Statues…
Next up on our self-guided tour, Kaisergruft.
Historical note- the Hapsburgs ruled Austria from 1273 to 1818.
Across the street is the fountain of the four rivers, my opening pic of the Mize-Clan (photography by Reed Humphrey). By now, hunger prevailed so we sought refuge in one of Vienna’s many outdoor restaurants.
We made our way through further massive pedestrian mall with contemporary retail shops to GRABEN strasse (‘ditch’ street). Originally a moat for a Roman military camp, it now houses the Plague Monument.
The Trinity Column (no, for you pagans not Larry, Mo and Curly but the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) was erected as a bribe or ‘thank-you’ to God from the remaining 2/3’s population of Vienna that survived the plague in 1690.
Because this blog simply does not have enough palaces, here is an attempt to capture the Imperial Hofsburg Palace.
We entered Hofburg, but didn’t do the whole scene. It is pretty massive and we wanted to save our feet for the Hapsburg’s summer palace the next day.
Turns out, an architect, Adolf Loos was a revolutionary dude who protested the ornate Greek-ish facades by building stripped down ‘less-is-more’ functional structures. Apparently this building (among others) was considered shocking in it’s day as an anti-art nouveau statement. These roman ruins appear at first as if the corner is left under constant renovation. Instead, it is a bit of Roman-Vienna left as a museum.
Note the statue of Emperor Franz II, and tower behind with 3 types of clocks.
We exit the Hofburg and near the Museum Quarter. First, this little library…
So, a great day of sight-seeing, but it didn’t end there! Since our lil guy slept so well while we lounged in Museum Quartier…we decided to visit Prater Park…the Amusement park in Vienna. However, those pic will have to wait for another day. This has been one long post…but Vienna is just like that.